Sean Penn, socialist and America-hater nonpareil, has been given the 2012 Peace Summit Award for his humanitarian work in Haiti. Fittingly, the award was presented by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. After accepting the award, Penn moaned, "It's an overused phrase I know, but I trust you know its genuine today, I am humbled. I'm trembling and I like it."
Perhaps Penn’s trembling for leftism gives him pleasure, but it plays hell with people suffering under tyrannical regimes: he was Hugo Chavez’s guest of honor in February, serving as keynote speaker at graduation ceremonies for Venezuela’s Salvador Allende Medical School. Being the gallant humanitarian he is, Penn saluted the oldest and greatest humanitarian in the Western Hemisphere: “Allow me to impart a little anecdote … I had the privilege to introduce my children to commandante Fidel Castro and as he posed for a photo between them I told him: ‘President, I’ll now be denounced in the U.S. for educating my children as socialist revolutionaries.’”
Penn has been bragging about his work for Haiti for years. In August 2010, Penn was at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, and did a CNN interview where he protested Wyclef Jean running for President of Haiti: “I have to say I’m very suspicious of it, simply because he, as an ambassador at large, has been virtually silent. For those of us in Haiti, he has been a non-presence. I haven’t seen or heard anything of him in these last six months that I’ve been in Haiti.”
One problem: Penn hadn’t been residing in Haiti for six months; he was in Miami on June 12, June 20, and June 23; Los Angeles June 27; Malibu July 5; and New York July 26 and 31.
Penn trembles when he receives a humanitarian award from Haiti while he embraces tyrants oppressing their people. He needs to raise the stakes; if he could find a way to embrace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he’d get the Nobel Peace Prize.